I try not to repost stuff I find around the internet, but this comic by way of Faith Erin Hicks (of “Adventures of Superhero Girl” fame) really resonates. I’m sure my artist friends will agree – nothing will shatter your drawing confidence more completely than teenagers drawing circles around you on their tumbler blogs. Has there always been this many talented kids, or are they feeding them talent-vitamins in their wonderbread?


Face Painting

I got invited to do some face painting at the community center this morning, and I had a lot of fun. It’s a neat challenge! You’ve got to paint fast on squirmy kids, and the things they want painted are sometimes kindof odd so you need to think fast. We did up a menu of simple shapes appropriate for cheek painting (Balloons, hearts, butterflies, etc) and suggested ideas to shy kids, but we ended up fielding demands for an Eel, cars, a Power Ranger Super Samurai, cotton candy, Spider-Man, Batman, dinosaurs, and this one adorable little girl (maybe four years old) whispered she wanted a black spider (scary please!).

When I was a kid we had those oily face crayons, and they were garbage. Lots of friction on the face, the colours were weak and streaky, and they’d break down as soon as you started sweating and smear all over the place. This afternoon we had a couple of those on the table, but we basically never picked them up – three of us shared a set of brushes and water-based cake facepaints and the difference was like night and day. The paints dried quickly, stayed bright, and were really simple to mix and blend into new colours if we needed them.

I’m thinking about buying a basic kit for summer parties – it was a lot of fun and the kids and parents loved it!

I didn’t take any pictures, sorry. I did a couple I was pretty proud of though, given the constraints. 🙂


A little bigger than your standard bug – I did a doodle of a Goliath Beetle. Natasha saw me working on it and found it repulsive – so I must have gotten it partly right. 😉

Incidentally, it took me well into my mid-twenties to realize that “The Beatles” was a play on words and not just some kind of weird British spelling.


Doodle: Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari is a brilliant Iranian-born businesswoman, co-founder of the X-Prize, and the fourth self-funded “space tourist” (although she prefers “spaceflight participant”) to visit the International Space Station. She’s also the first person to publish a blog from space!

Asked what she hoped to achieve on her spaceflight, Ansari said, “I hope to inspire everyone – especially young people, women, and young girls all over the world, and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men – to not give up their dreams and to pursue them… It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen.

I think she’s pretty cool, so she’s my latest doodle. I took a little over an hour to refine this one, but I was working from a pretty grainy small jpeg, so I ended up making up some things as I went along. It was fun drawing the suit, even if I took some liberties with the tubes and greebles.



Charles Landelle was a prolific french painter in the mid 1800s who produced (sometimes as many as 32 copies of) orientalist portraits – paintings of exotic middle-eastern (mostly Egyptian) beauties in long drapery and soft light. His work “Judith” catches a glimpse of the biblical Hebrew heroine who worked her way into the enemy Holofernes’ trust… only to then cleave off his head with a sword, sending the invading Assyrian army packing. Whether it ever happened or not, there’s some argument between theologists – but she was a certified badass. There’s a moral in there about trying to oppress people, but also a more immediate one about the danger of keeping swords in your bedroom.

Anyhow, I thought I’d try my luck with a sketchy version of Judith and it turned out pretty well – I grossly simplified some things for the purposes of my sketch, and there are parts of it I’m not happy with (that arm!) but overall I kindof dig it. She has a very “Who’s next?” look on her face that’s pretty great.